Must-see attractions in Nice

  • Restaurant in le Vieux Nice.

    Vieux Nice


    Getting lost among the dark, narrow, winding alleyways of Nice’s old town is a highlight. The layout has barely changed since the 1700s, and it’s now…

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    Promenade des Anglais


    The most famous stretch of seafront in Nice – if not France – is this vast paved promenade, which gets its name from the English expat patrons who paid…

  • Colline du Château


    For the best views over Nice’s red-tiled rooftops, climb the winding staircases up to this wooded outcrop on the eastern edge of the old town. It’s been…

  • Musée Masséna


    Originally built as a holiday home for Prince Victor d’Essling (the grandson of one of Napoléon's favourite generals, Maréchal Massena), this lavish belle…

  • France, Alpes Maritimes, Nice, district of Cimiez Hill, museums and archaeological sites, thermal baths of the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum, Matisse museum in the background

    Musée Matisse


    This museum, 2km north of the city centre in the leafy Cimiez quarter, houses a fascinating assortment of works by Matisse, including oil paintings,…

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    Cours Saleya Markets


    Split between its beautiful flower market and rightly famous food market. On Mondays, flowers and food make way for a flea market.

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    Musée National Marc Chagall


    The strange, dreamlike and often unsettling work of the Belarusian painter Marc Chagall (1887–1985) is displayed at this museum, which owns the largest…

  • Plage Publique des Ponchettes and promenade adjacent to Quai des Etats-Unis.

    Plage Publique des Ponchettes


    Right opposite Vieux Nice, this is generally the busiest beach of all, with oiled bodies either baking in the sun or punching a ball on the beach…

  • Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe St-Nicolas


    Built between 1902 and 1912 to provide a big enough church for the growing Russian community, this cathedral, with its colourful onion domes and rich,…

  • Port Lympia


    Nice’s Port Lympia, with its beautiful Venetian-coloured buildings, is often overlooked. But a stroll along its quays is lovely, as is the walk to get…

  • Galerie Lympia


    Nice's coolest new gallery space is housed in this former galley slaves' prison down by the port. Opened in 2017 by the Alpes-Maritimes' departmental…

  • Palais Lascaris


    Baroque Palais Lascaris is a 17th-century mansion housing a frescoed orgy of Flemish tapestries, faience and gloomy religious paintings, along with a…

  • Place Garibaldi


    Named for Nice-born Italian nationalist and military hero Giuseppe Garibaldi, this grand square was a military parade ground at the time of its creation…

  • L’Observatoire de Nice


    Visible in the dry hills to the north of Nice is the white dome of the city’s observatory, founded in 1881 on the summit of Mont Gros. Guided visits (in…

  • Gare du Sud


    This cool old 19th-century railway station was originally built to provide train service from Nice into the Alps. A century later, when it was replaced by…

  • Monastère Notre Dame de Cimiez


    Painters Henri Matisse and Raoul Dufy are buried in the cemetery of this monastery, a five-minute walk across the park from the Musée Matisse. To reach…

  • Le Régina


    Originally Queen Victoria’s wintering palace, this monumental edifice was subsequently converted into apartments. In the 1940s Matisse lived here, using…

  • Promenade du Paillon


    It’s hard to imagine that this beautifully landscaped park was once a bus station, a multistorey car park and an ill-loved square. Completed in October…

  • Musée Archéologique de Nice


    The hodgepodge of Roman artefacts in this archaeological museum is rather ho-hum – but if you've already bought a Nice museum pass, it's worth a visit…

  • Hôtel Negresco


    A landmark building overlooking the grand sweep of the Promenade des Anglais, built in 1912 for Romanian innkeeper Henri Negresco. Its rosy-pink dome and…

  • Les Arènes


    The scant remains of Nice's Roman amphitheatre can't compare to other ancient sites in southern France, but they do lend an atmospheric air to the park…

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